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Stories for February 22, 2007

California Seeks to Play Larger Role in Presidential Nomination

Feb. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California voters could have a bigger voice when it comes to choosing the next president of the United States. Find out how on Thursday’s Full Focus.

Abuse Survivor Responds to Diocese's Threats of Bankruptcy

Feb. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Catholic Diocese is threatening to declare bankruptcy just as lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests are about to go to trial. We'll talk to a man who says he was molested by a Los Angeles priest to get his reaction to the bankruptcy talk.

Urban Planners Promote Health with Walkable Communities

Feb. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Researchers say people living in poor neighborhoods are less likely to get as much exercise as affluent neighborhoods. Joanne Faryon visits two communities to find out what factors play the largest role.

School Board Member Not Hot About Fire Protection Funding Plan

Feb. 22
By Ana Tinitocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego County school board member believes a plan to use school funds to pay for regional fire protection won't gain ground in Sacramento. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Encinitas Group Seeks Volunteers to Conduct Homeless Count

Feb. 22
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An Encinitas-based charity is seeking volunteers to take part in a count of homeless people in coastal San Diego County. The Community Resource Center is one of a number of groups that will survey the entire county early Friday. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.

Conference Highlights Link Between Physical Activity and Environmental Design

Feb. 22
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A three-day conference exploring the link between community design and physical activity is underway in Coronado. It's the fourth annual Active Living Research conference. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Water Fees Will Help Wildlife

Feb. 22
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Environmental groups are supporting a plan to increase water and wastewater rates in the city of San Diego. The rate increases will fund projects to protect sensitive wildlife and watershed areas. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Avant-Garde Musical Duo Performs in Studio

Feb. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

The husband and wife musical team, "Clocked Out Duo," perform avant-garde percussion and prepared piano in studio and discuss their craft.

Weekend Preview: Rosarito’s First Carnaval, X-Clan, Drone Rock

Feb. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We talk with Troy Johnson and Kinsee Morlan about what to do this weekend in San Diego on the Weekend Preview.

Merck Suspends Lobbying for Mandatory HPV Vaccine

Feb. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Merck, the makers of a breakthrough vaccine that prevents cervical cancer, slows its efforts to promote its drug because they say making vaccination a school requirement is a "distraction." But if this proven vaccine can make Merck money, why would they hold back its promotion?

Rain Brings Concern Over Coastal Runoff

Feb. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study from Dr. Richard Gersberg, a professor of public health at SDSU, examines the presence of viruses and bacteria along the U.S.-Mexico border after rainfall. We talk to Dr. Gersberg about what this means for indicator systems, public safety and the oncoming El Nino season.

City Attorney Voices His Opinion on City Issues

Feb. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What can the City of San Diego do to pressure KPMG to complete the long-delayed 2003 audits? What does City Attorney Mike Aguirre think about the council's recent dispute with the mayor over budgeting powers? We speak to Aguirre about the hot topics at City Hall.

New Executive Director to Expand San Diego Foundation for Change

Feb. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Foundation for Change funds and supports community led efforts promoting social equality, economic justice and environmental sustainability. The organization's new executive director hopes to expand its support of social change initiatives on both sides of the border.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Announces New Funding for Homeless Vets

Feb. 22
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Veterans Village of San Diego welcomed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson today. He was in town to announce new funding for homeless vets. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.

Judge Orders Settlement Talks in San Diego Church Abuse Suits

Feb. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A judge overseeing settlement negotiations between the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego and more than 140 plaintiffs alleging sexual abuse by priests has ordered the two sides into his courtroom tomorrow for a final attempt to reach a deal.

84-Year-Old Man Sentenced 12 Years in Elderly Wife's Strangling

Feb. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An 84-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison in the strangling death of his 88-year-old wife. Albert L. Pollock was wheeled into Superior Court Wednesday and had to move closer to hear the judge hand down her sentence in the case.

Prenatal Genetic Tests Can Lead to Tough Choices

Feb. 22
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

All pregnant women in California who get regular prenatal care are offered a genetic screening test. This test indicates whether their baby is at risk of having Down syndrome or other genetic birth defects. What women do with the test results is a matter of personal choice. KPBS health reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.